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Valentines Day is not only for romance

Valentine’s Day is not only for romance

By Ally Formeller, Columnist | February 7, 2022
Valentine’s Day celebrations can include friends and family.
TV shows are great for more than just mindless binge watching. Television gives us couples to look up to and envy the relationships they have on screen.

5 TV shows worth watching again

By Ariel Morris, Lifestyle writer | January 23, 2022

Some of the best TV shows ever aired have created so much nostalgia through past generations. Shows that brought us entertainment, inspiration, growth and knowledge left a memorable mark on many and are still loved and rewatched to this day. These shows...


Destination Procrastination

By Samantha Manahan | March 8, 2018

It’s finally March, the month of midterms, t-shirts and spring break. This year you decided to wait to plan a trip after your big tests, but now there’s not a decently-priced flight, and you’re left with broken dreams and no plans. Never fear! -...

Top 10 Halloween specials to get students in the spirit

By Nathaniel Repay | October 30, 2017

Here are 10 of the best Halloween episodes available on streaming services, perfect to put on while carving pumpkins, between trick-or-treaters or while the friend with the complicated costume takes extra long to get ready.10. “The Slutty Pumpkin Returns”...

Point/Counterpoint: Preferred names

February 13, 2017

Point: Name changes take step toward inclusivenessEditor in Chief Jay IbarraNIU was strong in giving students the right to use their preferred name and gender pronouns because it creates acceptance and understanding throughout college.Similar to many...

Netflix and Chill Binge

By Michael Malaychuk | December 3, 2015

It’s important to be prepared for the hours of free time that lie ahead of you with winter break around the corner. Obviously, one of the best and cheapest ways to pass time is by watching Netflix. If you’re looking for titles to binge-watch over...

Thanksgiving meals can be healthy in moderation

Thanksgiving meals can be healthy in moderation

By Blake Glosson | November 24, 2014

You can enjoy Thanksgiving dinner without regret — and without derailing your health goals.I know that’s hard to believe when the starting lineup this Thursday includes succulent turkey, buttery mashed potatoes, casseroles and warm stuffing — all...

Enjoy Thanksgiving movies, TV episodes

By Aymie Telinski | November 25, 2013

Whether recovering from a huge meal or avoiding setting the table, these movies and shows are perfect for Thanksgiving.“Planes, Trains and Automobiles”Steve Martin and John Candy are a hilarious Thanksgiving duo. This movie is about Martin’s character,...

Social media ruins surprises

By Annastazia Camarena | March 19, 2013

Yet again, I find myself damning social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, but this time it is for ruining face-to-face conversations. We have all found out breaking news on social networking sites or, like me, became the last to know. I understand...

Top 10 things to do (when you don’t know what else to do)

By Erica Wood-Bedi | September 23, 2012

10. Learn to laugh. Yes, if you don’t laugh, you will cry. But it’s not all about you, remember. Your laughter can bring such joy to others in their time of need. That in turn will bring a smile to your face and possibly lift your heart. 9. Realize...

Friendships end when life gets in the way

By Dan Martynowicz | April 15, 2012

With the passing of time comes a change in most things. Friends and friendships are no exception, but I really wish they were. My parents met their friends in school. These people later became the characters and backdrops for every amazing story they...

Friends are like Pokemon cards, you never get rid of them

By Linze Griebenow | March 28, 2012

I’m the type of friend that thinks shouting, “You forgot your rash cream!” when dropping you off for work is hilarious. Needless to say, I’ve found it takes a very patient and dedicated person to keep up with me. These people, I call,...

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